Immigration becomes big election-year issue
With just 13 days until the election, Republican candidates in high-profile races are suddenly raising the issue of illegal immigration in the campaign. Gov. Pawlenty and Republicans in the 1st, 2nd and 6th Congressional Districts are currently running ads focused on immigration. The candidates say they're highlighting the differences between between themselves and their Democratic opponents. But the results of a recent poll suggest Republicans are also trying to motivate their core supporters. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck reports.5:20 p.m.
Firefighters Die Battling Large Palm Springs Blaze
Four firefighters were killed as they battled a blaze near Palm Springs, Calif., about 90 miles east of Los Angeles. Authorities say the firefighters were trapped in their fire engine when winds suddenly pushed flames in their direction. The fire started Wednesday night; it has already burned more than 4,000 acres.
Bush Signs Border Fence Act; Funds Not Found
President Bush signs the Border Security Act, a new law emphasizing enforcement over reform of the nation's immigration system. The act's key provision is a new 700-mile fence for the border with Mexico. But questions have been raised about whether the fence will be built, given that little or no funds were appropriated to the task when Congress approved the act in September.
Falling Home Prices Tempt Bargain Hunters
As home prices fall sharply in some areas, potential buyers are tiptoeing back into the market, enticed by the growing inventory of cheaper houses. But economists say that in some places, renting remains a more sensible option.
Blogs Dole Out Shame for Incumbents Who Don't Share
In every congressional election year, incumbents who face little opposition donate some of their own campaign funds to party colleagues in closer contests. But not all of them do. Some of the incumbents with the largest war chests refuse to share, no matter how safe their seat.
Rep. Jefferson's Re-Election Bid Has Party Fuming
Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) is ensnared in a bribery investigation in which thousands of dollars were found in his freezer. The FBI apparently has a video of him taking money, and several people pleaded guilty in the case. But Jefferson hasn't been charged. He's maintaining his innocence and running for re-election.
Marine Pleads Guilty to Role in Killing Iraqi Civilian
Marine Pfc. John J. Jodka pleads guilty to charges of assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice in the death of an Iraqi civilian in April near Hamdania. Jodka is one of seven Marines held in the man's death. A Navy corpsman earlier pleaded guilty to lesser charges and is testifying against the Marines.
Fallen Marine Officer Predicted His Death to Family
Marine 2nd Lt. Joshua Booth died from a sniper's bullet while leading his squad on a foot patrol in Haditha. Booth attended The Citadel, where he earned his commission as a Marine officer. His family says he had told them to be ready for his death.
Czech Republic Casts About for a New Leader
Confusion reigns over finding a new national government in the Czech Republic. Four months ago, a general election left the parliament so deadlocked that there was no government for 10 weeks. The leader of the Civic Democrats was named prime minister, but his government was brief; he stepped down after losing a confidence vote.
The Magical Bells of the Carillon
Listener Matthew Phillips plays and tells us about the carillon he plays in Winston-Salem, N.C. When he plays, he hears a lot of noise from the mechanical parts of the device, along with the bells.
Ellen Burstyn Chronicles Life's Turbulent Journey
In her memoir, Lessons in Becoming Myself, actress Ellen Burstyn recounts how sorrow has informed her long acting career. Burstyn won an Oscar for best actress in 1974 for her role in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.